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Big Day Downtown: Choose Your Own Adventure

August 28, 2014 Leave a comment

Big Day Downtown logoSo it is that time of year again. NO not back to school. It’s time for the Big Day Downtown.

I’ve been selected once again to highlight some of the great things that can be done in downtown Halifax. Every year there’s a twist, and this year is no different. Instead of allowing me to spend $150 however I want (read place $150 on red at Casino Nova Scotia roulette), the Halifax Downtown Business Commission wants to know what you think I should do with the money.

So, whatcha got?

But here’s a little info that I hope will frame you thinking. First something practical; I need a haircut. Badly. the flow is shifting to a flon’t. I am not someone that can get grow my hair out and it look alright. It just swirls around and upward like the topping of a hairy cupcake. Yeah! Sorry for the mental image. I suppose you could help me choose where, but I have been wanting to check out Sailor Bup’s Barbershop.

Really beyond that I am open to suggestions. I have a wife and two small kids, so ways to include them are welcome. My wife has a birthday coming up shortly and our anniversary in right around the corner. Now both those events take place after the September 12th deadline for the Big Day Downtown campaign. But if there are some creative ideas in that direction, I suppose gift cards could be purchased… loophole

My kids are two years old and five months. The older guy loves truck and climbing on things and the younger guy likes to put things in his mouth. The latter could be particularly unpalatable for suggestions downtown. Frankly these guys love most things we take them to, as long as we get outside.

Or of course you could choose that I could selfish. Since I am mainly into sports, checking out the new HFX Sports Bar could be pretty cool.

So I am all ears. I will take your ideas into consideration when planning my #BIGDAYDOWNTOWN.

As for the blog, it has been too long since I’ve been active here. That is going to change. I have a great post I have worked on for a while. It has just been the thing called life (see two small children above) and an actual day job.

Stay Tuned!

Team Canada Set to Defend Gold

January 8, 2014 Leave a comment

Yesterday Hockey Canada announced the 25 man roster for the upcoming Winter Olympics. Canada is in the enviable position that it could probably name two (maybe three) rosters that could compete for Gold. So naming a single 25 man team is going to come with a certain level scrutiny of the selections.

Canada’s 25 Man Roster

Goaltenders: Roberto Luongo, Carey Price, Mike Smith

Defence: Jay Bouwmeester, Drew Doughty, Dan Hamhuis, Duncan Keith, Alex Pietrangelo, P.K. Subban, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Shea Weber

Forwards: Jamie Benn, Patrice Bergeron, Jeff Carter, Sidney Crosby, Matt Duchene, Ryan Getzlaf, Chris Kunitz, Patrick Marleau, Rick Nash, Corey Perry, Patrick Sharp, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Jonathan Toews

I can’t really disagree with any of the players that Steve Yzerman and his assembled uber-staff chose to name to the team, as they are all certainly deserving. I would however have made some different choices. There are just a couple players that I would have not wanted to leave off my team. Read more…

POLL: Who You Got – Crosby or MacKinnon?

October 21, 2013 Leave a comment

Cole Harbour natives, Nathan MacKinnon and Sidney Crosby faceoff for the first time Monday as the Avalanche play the Penguins.

Cole Harbour natives, Nathan MacKinnon and Sidney Crosby faceoff for the first time Monday as the Avalanche play the Penguins.

It’s Hockey Night in Cole Harbour!

While there’s isn’t any high profile game actually in the Nova Scotia community Monday night, two of it’s native sons and most prominent residents will face off against one another for the first time when Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche visit Sidney Crosby and his Pittsburgh Penguins. The game can be see live on TSN2 at 8:30 AT. Have your say below on who you’ll be cheering for. Read more…

Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad Review

October 21, 2013 Leave a comment

Hockey Mom, Hockey DadOne of the benefits of sports blogging is that on occasion I get invited to events relating to sports in the area. This week was the first time it got me a night out at the theatre for Neptune Theatre’s production of Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad.

The play, written by Michael Melski and starring Heather Rankin and Kevin Kincaid, puts a nuanced twist on the very Canadian theme of hockey parenting. Rather than being a play about hockey, it is a tale of relationships and the need for companionship balanced by the difficulty in placing your total trust in others. Read more…

The Big Day Downtown!!!

September 3, 2013 Leave a comment

Yet another year and I am lucky enough to be a part of the Big Day Downtown again. I have gotten to experience to experience some great businesses and this year was no different. What was different was the twist that throw at us this year. But it turns out to be a fun little twist.

I was unforuntately unable to attend the kick-off event, so I had to learn of the twist a little later than others. I took a little trip down to the Downtown Business Comission’s offices and found out that I had to select three cards upon which would be listed the themes I would have to incorporate into my Big Day. Despite numerous reassuance that all the cards were positvely toned, I was figuring I would the one joke whammy card. Fortunately enough the folks at the Downtown Business Commission are that cruel. I selected my three cards and got: Happy, Relaxing, and Playful. Read more…

Rainmen Add Big Man

Former USC Trojan, James Blasczyk to join Rainmen for upcoming season.

Former USC Trojan, James Blasczyk to join Rainmen for upcoming season.

The Halifax Rainmen have begun to fill out their roster and who will control it for the upcoming season.

Just days after the team announced Chris Terrell as the teams new coach, the Rainmen also added former USC Trojan James Blasczyk.

Coach Terrell has had many stops around the world coaching at the highest levels, most recently with Romania, China and Mexico. He also served as a head assistant player development coach in the NBA with the Atlanta Hawks.

“It is a great honor to be selected as the new head coach of the Halifax Rainmen” Said coach Terrrell. “I want to thank Mr Levingston and everyone in the organization. I am looking forward to living and working in Halifax this season as we diligently work together to give the great fans a team they can be very proud of”.

The roster is still far from set, but with the league draft upcoming on Aug. 17-19 a few more items may be set in place. Coach Terrell is expected to be onhand for the draft.

Not one to wait around though, Andre Levingston has already begun adding to the squad. The 7-foot-1 Blasczyk caught the eye of Levinston during summer tournament play. He’s coming off 2 years with USC in the NCAA and shold be a physical presence down low.

“One thing led to another,” Blasczyk said. “[Levingston] is in my corner, and I decided that would be the best route to go.”

Full details on Blasczyk and his signing can be found at Galen Central.

The Euros are Coming!

So the Halifax Moosheheads selected to highly touted forward prospect in the CHL Import Draft Wednesday. The Import Draft is often filled with mystery as few people this side of the Atlantic know the players well and there are often questions whether the players are interested in coming over. Prior to the draft, many people had those questions of Halifax’s first pick Nikolaj Ehlers. Considered as possibly the top prospect to ever come out of Denmark, Ehlers had made the jump to the Swiss pro ranks as a 16 year old and signed a contract with HC Biel for the upcoming year. Some thought this indicated a preference to stay.

But Mooseheads GM, Cam Russell, did his due diligence as he was confident both we would be here for training camp. That confidence has been shown to be well founded according to his comments on a Danish Sports website and using the Google Translate tool:

I have for some time been in dialogue with Halifax and knew that I would be their first choice, says Nikolai Ehlers…

It increases my chances in the NHL draft choice next year. Now I get the chance to show that I can handle a long hard season. Moosehead has a strong team and a good organization, and I could not get to a better club.

Nikolaj Ehlers is joined to Halifax by a good friend from Switzerland, Timo Meier, who was draftet as No. 12

Another French publication had comments from Ehlers Swiss club that they would not obstruct Ehlers should he choose to play in North America:

“We knew Nikolaj would be drafted by a junior team in Canada, says sporting director Martin Steinegger HC Bienne. I do not know yet that he wants to give direction to his career, but if he decides to try his luck in North America, we can not even hold his contract.”

So unlike when the team drafted Martin Frk and had some difficult securing his release from his club team. it looks like there will be no such headaches with Ehlers or Meier. Welcome to Moose Country boys.

As for the Screaming Eagles and the Charlottetown Islanders, they added some talent as well. Read more…

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